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National Archives of Japan President Takeo Kato is alarmed by the document management scandals plaguing the Abe administration and says the issue highlights Japan’s growing pains as it moves toward becoming a more robust democracy.

“It’s a matter relating to the degree of the maturity of democracy,” Kato said in an interview. “With only seven years having passed since the Public Records Management Law was enforced, the idea that public documents are part of a democracy’s key infrastructure has yet to become ingrained in public workers’ minds.”

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